Head to Bristol and Bath for a Fantastic Family Twin Break
Mandy D. Charles discovers that families can enjoy the best of both worlds on a long weekend break in Bristol and Bath...
Whether enjoying a relaxing visit to Bath, with its stunning architecture and streets steeped in history, or exploring the rich and diverse cultures of Bristol with its world class attractions and family-friendly venues, visitors will be spoilt for choice. Here's how to maximise a three-day escape...
Take the jaunty Bristol ferryboat from the nearby Harbourside and disembark at the awe-inspiring S.S. Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner, built by the engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Kids of all ages will love the Dry Dock, the ship with its recreation of life below deck and the opportunity to climb the rigging with qualified instructors.
After enjoying lunch at the Dockyard Café Bar with its stunning views on to the ship and the Floating Harbour, take a short walk to M Shed, where you can pick up a Family Explorer Kit to find out more about the rich and diverse history of the city. Don’t miss the quirky ‘Crane 29’, the world’s first treehouse on a crane that is just outside the venue.
Venture a mile from the city centre by bus to the Edge at the University of Bath campus at Claverton Down.For something a little different, climb, explore and play there on the Brutalist playground installation. Collect a family explorer backpack at The American Museum, only a few minutes away from The Edge, and set off on a journey to explore the history of America. While there, wander on to the terrace and be wowed by the spectacular views over the Limpley Stoke Valley and the River Avon.
Take in the medieval splendour of Bristol Cathedral and get creative at the free art and craft drop in morning for children and families that runs during the school holidays. Wander through the Underwater Tunnel at the colourful Bristol Aquarium, and watch fish and sea creatures swim over your head. Keep the kids entertained for hours with hundreds of hands-on exhibits at the fantastic At-Bristol, just a short walk from the Aquarium. Pick up a wristband and scan your barcode to set off on an interactive, science-based adventure.
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